Five Books for UPSC Preparation
We all study the standard textbooks for the UPSC Examination such as Laxmikant for Polity, Ramesh Singh for Economics and similar standard material for other subjects. But how do you get an edge over others because this is a competitive examination. Using standard material for your preparation will fetch you only standard marks but if you wish to stand out alone from the herd and score above others these five books would help you enhance your knowledge and introduce an element of prudence and reality in your preparation.
- My First choice should be ‘The Story of My Experiments with Truth’ (Read it for free on Amazon Kindle) which is written by none other than Mahatma Gandhiji. This book will fetch you extra points for your ethics examination as it would calibrate your basic moral compass and synchronize it with reality with a touch of idealism. You may find a lot of relevance for this book while attempting to quote examples in the examination.
- Secondly, one should not miss ‘Ignited Minds’ (Amazon Link)by Former President Shri APJ Abdul Kalam. This book would enhance your knowledge about the realities of India and how development and development alone can eliminate the perils of Indian society. It focuses on igniting the passions among our youth to work towards the betterment of society. You should read it so as to strengthen your resolve towards working for the country and the society at large.
- Thirdly, you should also pick up ‘Untouchables: My family’s triumphant Escape from India’s Caste System’ by Narendra Jadhav. This book would help you to overcome the prejudices that you hold regarding the caste system and would enable you to sympathetically connect with millions of masses who are socially ostracised by our communities despite the constitutional protection of equality and fraternity guaranteed to them.
- A fourth important book that you should focus your energies upon is ‘Not Just an Accountant: The Diary of Nation’s Conscience Keeper’ by ex-CAG Shri Vinod Rai. This book exhaustively deals with the moral crisis while dealing with the issues of corruption and how the bureaucracy and political pressure impacts your performance while performing your duties towards the nation. This book deals with financial impropriety and broadens your horizons regarding the issue of corruption in the government machinery.
- Lastly, you should not miss ‘Bhagwad Gita/Quran/Bible/Guru Granth Sahib’ or similar religious texts as the knowledge that these texts encompass for their followers is incomparable to any other text. This would supplement your preparation of ethics and make you a better person in general. This would also enhance your motivation during the low points of your preparation and strengthen your hope and philosophy of life.
It should be noted that these books should not be read in case you have limited time left for your examination. You should devote your utmost attention to read the standard textbooks and material during the examination phase. The above-mentioned books are supplementary to your preparation and not quintessential for your preparation. One can clear the examination without reading the above-mentioned books at all. As you know that this examination is a personality building procedure, therefore, the above-mentioned books would work in that direction.
Best of luck for your preparation.
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